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Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

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It's Not a "Mommy War," It's a War on Moms

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted June 13, 2012

Rather than fanning the false flames of a "Mommy War" that doesn't really exist, it's time that we as a nation recognize that regardless of whether or not mothers' work is paid or unpaid, the work of caregiving is important to us all and should be valued.
Carol Smaldino

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The Missing Ingredient in "Getting" Women Who Are Mothers

Carol Smaldino | Posted June 13, 2012

It's called empathy. And without it some votes will be won, and some women will be seduced by one leader or another saying, for the most part that he "gets" what the plight and glory and heroism are in let's say, motherhood. Empathy, when not a hollow cry, is much...
Chris Weigant

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Friday Talking Points -- "Mommy Wars" Versus "War on Women"

Chris Weigant | Posted June 13, 2012

Is Ann Romney a valid target for political commentary? President Obama and his First Lady unequivocally said "No," but then you'd expect them to. As far as they're concerned, spouses and children of politicians are always off-limits. But are they? Or should they be?
Dave Johnson

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The National Manufacturing Strategy Debate

Dave Johnson | Posted June 13, 2012

The Obama administration recently describing the vital importance of a healthy manufacturing sector to our economy. But others say promoting manufacturing won't help revive our economy. So what's the story?
Sir Peter Westmacott

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Strengthening Trade for Security and Prosperity

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted June 13, 2012

The new U.S./U.K. Defence Trade Cooperation treaty ensures that Britain and America can share our world-class defence capabilities more efficiently and more effectively.
Jonathan Kolstad

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Is the Healthcare Mandate a Tax?

Jonathan Kolstad | Posted June 13, 2012

The Supreme Court's task is to rule based on the legal questions at hand, but we think the economic ones are also important, given the Massachusetts experience.
Alan Johnson

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We Still Should Not Invite Raed Salah to Tea

Alan Johnson | Posted June 13, 2012

The Islamic Movement cleric Raed Salah won his appeal this week against a decision by the Home Secretary to exclude him from the UK. The judgement is a sign of our weakness and confusion in the face of extremism.
Jess Coleman

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Reviewing Judicial Review

Jess Coleman | Posted June 13, 2012

Judicial review is something the court ought to hold in its back pocket, only to be pulled out when a threat to our nation's integrity occurs. It is not, and was never intended to be, a litmus test for every piece of legislation.
Ian Thompson

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President Obama: LGBT Workers Can't Wait

Ian Thompson | Posted June 13, 2012

President Obama could and should follow a bipartisan tradition by using his executive authority to require nondiscrimination on the part of federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mark Engler

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ALEC Annoyed at Losing Sponsors? It Breaks My Heart

Mark Engler | Posted June 13, 2012

It is always a pleasure to see a worthy target of activism move from disregard or mockery to going on the attack.
Deborah Stambler

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In Arizona, You'd Be Pregnant By Now!

Deborah Stambler | Posted June 13, 2012

Some who favor this law are claiming that it protects women. I'm not sure how that logic works. It seems to follow the same rule that claims every woman in Arizona who has her period is pregnant.
Daniel Gross

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George Zimmerman Had Accomplices. Shame We Can't Arrest Them Too

Daniel Gross | Posted June 13, 2012

Don't get me wrong, I blame George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. But I also blame the NRA and the politicians who do their bidding for putting the gun in his hands.
Warren J. Blumenfeld

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I Don't Want 'Special Treatment'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted June 13, 2012

I am frequently asked to explain why LGBT people "deserve special privileges" by specifically having sexual identity and gender identity and expression included as protected categories in state and local hate crimes, bullying prevention, nondiscrimination policies, and other legislation.
Heath Brown

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Who Will Romney Choose (Transition Edition)?

Heath Brown | Posted June 13, 2012

Who is chosen to lead the transition sets in motion hundreds of early decisions about personnel, policy, and organization that ultimately establish the contours of a potential Romney administration. So who will he choose? Here are five options.
Noah Gray

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Why Does Donald Trump Think Vaccines Cause Autism?

Noah Gray | Posted June 13, 2012

Why would Mr. Trump do this? Why would he carelessly extend a wildly unpopular theory amongst researchers to a public that may not be aware of the actual science and decade-plus amount of work that have gone into discrediting the link between vaccines and autism?
Mark Axelrod

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A Roadmap for America's Future: Highway 21 Not To Be Confused With Highway 61 Revisited

Mark Axelrod | Posted June 13, 2012

Why, might you ask, is it so egregious to use highway signs to indicate America's future? Well, because the interstate highway system in this country is falling apart.
Soraya Chemaly

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Ann Or Hilary: Either Way, Motherhood Is a Dismal Financial Decision for American Women

Soraya Chemaly | Posted June 13, 2012

What I am not hearing anyone say loudly and clearly in this Rosen/Romney snafu is that women's ability -- not desire or choice -- to take part in the economy is based on her freedom to make reproductive decisions.
Steven Weber

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Night of the Living GOP

Steven Weber | Posted June 13, 2012

With paranoia replacing sense, with consumerism replacing civic responsibility, with obstruction replacing the legislative process, the world has become a low-budget horror show constructed to exact maximum pain for maximum profit.
Mary J. Loftus

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Gay Marriage Is a Human Right, Law Professor Says

Mary J. Loftus | Posted June 13, 2012

Catholic bishops have been saying that the federal mandate that private insurers cover contraceptive services violates religious freedom. But the Catholic Church also supports policies that compromise the religious and moral freedom of others.
Mike Lux

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Patrick McHenry Owes Scott Brown a Big Apology

Mike Lux | Posted June 13, 2012

Rep. Patrick McHenry wanted Elizabeth Warren to not be head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He got his wish. But now Massachusetts has a fearsome Senate candidate who has Republican Sen. Scott Brown very nervous.
MJ Rosenberg

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What Will Obama Do if Iran Says Yes But the Lobby & Congress Say NO?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted June 13, 2012

What is President Obama going to do if he and the allies reach an agreement with Iran? It's easy to know what he will do if it turns out that the Islamic Republic has no interest in a deal.
Marian Wright Edelman

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What a Difference a Gun Makes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted June 13, 2012

It's a tragedy that five years after Virginia Tech so little has changed. How many years must we wait until tragic headlines about school shootings, children dying, and people using the "shoot first and ask questions later" defense to take the law into their own hands go away? When will we finally get the courage to stand up as a nation and say enough to the deadly proliferation of guns and gun violence that endanger children's and public safety? As a nation we can't afford to keep waiting for common-sense gun control laws that would protect our children and all of us from indefensible gun violence. The time to act is now.
Lisa Belkin

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Things I Don't Care About: Cookie Recipes, Hair Styles and Stay-At-Home-Spouse Debates

Lisa Belkin | Posted June 13, 2012

Each of these have made headlines over the years. Not a one gave us an bit of insight about how a given candidate would govern.
Deborah Swiss

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Patriotism and the Hero Factor

Deborah Swiss | Posted June 13, 2012

I have never felt more patriotic than the day I spoke before the Massachusetts National Guard and got to meet some of the men and women who serve our country today.
American Anthropological Association

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How to Listen and Talk to Iran

American Anthropological Association | Posted June 13, 2012

We can only hope that U.S. national leaders have the sensitivity and wisdom to transcend narrow U.S. cultural models to carry the dialogue forward.
Lance Simmens

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High-Speed Rail on Right Track

Lance Simmens | Posted June 13, 2012

In other words, will blending operations with local rail systems allow the system to achieve the two-hour, forty-minute travel time stipulation by traveling at speeds of at least 200 mph from Los Angeles to San Francisco? The answer is yes.
Jason Bailey

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Your Republican Friends Are Going to Love Lockout

Jason Bailey | Posted June 13, 2012

What's striking, when watching Lockout (aside from what a terrible, lunk-headed movie it is), is how frequently and explicitly it flaunts its anti-Democrat -- and anti-Obama -- point of view.
Jonathan Granoff

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Regarding Iran, America Must Look to the Constitution

Jonathan Granoff | Posted June 13, 2012

Nothing can so erode confidence in the proper use of power by the strongest nation in the world than failure to adhere to the rules that we have agreed should be binding.
Rick Newman

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The Real Reason Working Moms Dislike Other Moms

Rick Newman | Posted June 13, 2012

The Mommy wars aren't about the kids. They're about the Moms. It's an intensely personal effort to justify their own choices.
Daniel Tutt

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First Face-Off on Foreign Policy Between Obama and Romney Campaigns

Daniel Tutt | Posted June 13, 2012

With the Arab Spring in flux, Syria's ongoing human rights disaster, and the upcoming elections in Egypt that most likely will bring the Muslim Brotherhood into power, America needs a clear vision and strategy for engagement in the wider Middle East and Muslim world.
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

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The Spring of Our Discontent: Why Women Will Take to the Streets on April 28th

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted June 13, 2012

The days of standing on the sidelines to watch others control our bodies, health, income and rights are over.
Geoffrey R. Stone

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When Is Judicial Activism Appropriate?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted June 13, 2012

The Affordable Care Act case is a perfect case for judicial restraint. If the states that brought the suit want to change the law, they can do it through the political process. That is the point of democracy. They do not need the justices of the Supreme Court to do the job for them.
Brad Reid

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Electronically Transmitted Source Code Not Stolen Goods Under the National Stolen Property Act

Brad Reid | Posted June 13, 2012

It is clear that Congress must act to address the electronic transmission of stolen property if the intellectual property theft statutes are to be meaningful in our digital environment.
Nathaniel Loewentheil

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Scott Brown Tried to Move the Red Sox

Nathaniel Loewentheil | Posted June 13, 2012

Scott Brown certainly is an independent voice for Massachusetts -- because he's all alone in his support of moving the Sox from Fenway.
Bill Quigley

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Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us

Bill Quigley | Posted June 13, 2012

The advanced technology of the war on terrorism, combined with deferential courts and legislators, have endangered both the right to privacy and the right of people to be free from government snooping and tracking.
Matthew Kavanagh

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Transformative Development: How Jim Yong Kim Might Change the World Bank

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted June 13, 2012

Jim Kim represents a break from the past -- as both his supporters and detractors agree -- and would surely steer the World Bank in new directions.
John M. Burns

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Supreme Court "Strips" Fourth Amendment Protections

John M. Burns | Posted June 13, 2012

Let's put this into perspective: If you are arrested for even a traffic violation, the Supreme Court has now given law enforcement officials the green light to strip you down and search even your body cavities, regardless of whether or not they believe you possess any dangerous or banned substance.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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Would Hilary Rosen Have Criticized Stay-at-Home Dads as Never Having Worked?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted June 13, 2012

If Rosen is going to rail against a war against women, then let's agree that a gender bias that praises men who put their kids first but punishes women for the same is an unfair assault in that battle.
Harvey Rosenfield

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Corporations Gone Wild

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted June 13, 2012

It's a magnificent time to be alive -- if you're a giant corporation, that is. Spring is here, and after a deep chill, the mighty mega-businesses are not merely reborn, but blossoming.
Josh Levy

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Online Spying, Brought to You by Facebook

Josh Levy | Posted June 13, 2012

You'd think online services would oppose something like this -- but in fact Facebook, Microsoft and others support it. Under CISPA, they wouldn't be required to share any information about their users with authorities. But if they chose to do so, the bill would protect them from any legal blowback.
Christine Pelosi

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Five Lessons About Politics I Learned From Baseball

Christine Pelosi | Posted June 13, 2012

It's Opening Day in San Francisco and opening week for the Presidential general election -- a perfect time for renewal, hope, and plans for victory next fall.
Michael R. Bloomberg

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Change My Mind Debate: Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed?

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted April 13, 2012

Should 'Stand Your Ground' laws be repealed? Join the debate here, and see if anyone can change your mind.
Phineas Baxandall

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In the Public Interest : Led by Youth Americans Are Driving Less, But When Will Lawmakers Notice?

Phineas Baxandall | Posted June 13, 2012

More than older generations, they say that they will sometimes choose to take alternative transportation as a way to help the environment. Will our leaders notice this important trend? You wouldn't know it looking at Congress.
El Guapo

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Take Your DREAM (Act) and Shove It, Young People

El Guapo | Posted June 13, 2012

Undocumented young people, calling themselves DREAMers have been publicly making waves to lend their support to a cause that would provide them an opportunity to continue their education. If they're so smart, why aren't they hiding somewhere?
Madeleine M. Kunin

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Golf in a Burka

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted June 13, 2012

I hadn't thought that women were particularly dangerous golfers. Could that be the reason that the Augusta National Golf club refuses to take down its "No Women Allowed" sign? I wonder what the male members of the club are afraid of. Could they be thinking that women...
Shawn Lawrence Otto

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From a Boy Who Loved NASA: How 49 Heroes Lost the Right Stuff and Sullied Their Names

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted June 13, 2012

Ironically, at the same time I was speaking to some of NASA's climate scientists this week about how to counter denialist propaganda attacks, the denialsphere was abuzz with a new open letter signed by 49 former, now discredited NASA employees.
Steve Dickheiser

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The Buffett Rule As I See It

Steve Dickheiser | Posted June 13, 2012

Read More: Buffett Rule, Taxes
Someone said to me, in a response to one of my HuffPost comments, "You mean "equal opportunity" and not equality." I was saying we need total equality in government for all as to how our government sees and treats all of us and he felt the need to correct me....
Dave Kerpen

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5.5 Reasons Why Stephen Colbert Is #FixYoungAmerica (And So Can You!)

Dave Kerpen | Posted June 13, 2012

The #FixYoungAmerica campaign aims to "shed light on the solutions that can help solve youth unemployment." We are using the power of social media to spread the message, organize a rally, and get Stephen Colbert on board.
Adam Levin

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Hacking the Federal Log Jam: One Agency at a Time

Adam Levin | Posted June 13, 2012

Twelve weeks ago, the Economic Development Administration was the target of a sophisticated hack attack. What's shocking is not that it happened, it's that despite the return to pre-historic fax-machine technology, the EDA seems to be functioning fairly well, perhaps even better in some ways.
Jamal Abdi

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How Hawks on the Hill Plan to Kill Talks With Iran

Jamal Abdi | Posted June 13, 2012

After this weekend, there will likely be a redoubled Congressional effort to press forward with a stalled AIPAC and Netanyahu-endorsed push to redefine the diplomatic endgame with Iran in such a way as to rule out any plausible, inspections-based solution.
Bob Burnett

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Obama vs. Romney: Class Warfare

Bob Burnett | Posted June 13, 2012

Understanding Romney's perspective helps crack his campaign code. When Romney says Obama made the economic crisis worse, he means Obama did not follow Republican advice and do nothing; Obama did not stand by and let the economy crater.
Dominic Carter

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Hillary2016? It Could Happen.

Dominic Carter | Posted June 13, 2012

History by now should have taught us to never count a Clinton out, and all of a sudden the hottest speculation around the country is Hillary 2016.
Warren Adler

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Voting Maybe

Warren Adler | Posted June 13, 2012

I no longer take anything at face value. Like Freud asking, "What do women want?" I find myself asking this question without regard to gender, embellishing it further with yet other questions like: "What does he or she really mean?" or "What is he or she thinking?" or "What...
Howard Foster

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Democrats Benefit From Illegal Immigrant Voting

Howard Foster | Posted June 13, 2012

Why are Democrats so uniformly opposed to proof of citizenship in order to vote? They and their interest group surrogates insist there is no problem with voter security.
David Issacharoff

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For Romney, the Race has Just Begun

David Issacharoff | Posted August 28, 2012

In some ways, Rick Santorum won. Perhaps not the nomination or presidency, but he left his deep mark and taught the Republican Party an important lesson.
Paul Szep

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The Daily Szep - The Buffett Rule

Paul Szep | Posted June 13, 2012

Ann O'Leary

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Why I'll Miss Rick Santorum

Ann O'Leary | Posted June 13, 2012

Here is why I love Rick Santorum and why I paid close attention to his presidential bid, which he finally abandoned this week: Throughout his career in politics, Rick Santorum has never stopped talking about children and families.
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

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Human Rights in Bahrain, a Casualty of Obama's Double-Standard

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted June 13, 2012

The U.S. is obstructing justice, perpetuating human rights violations and supporting a leader who, like Assad, has turned his back on his own people and lied to the world about it.
Steve Clemons

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New Economic Thinking vs German Ordnungspolitik

Steve Clemons | Posted June 13, 2012

Germany is not only unwilling to extend a real lifeline to other sinking economies in Europe, it's using this moment in history to promote an ideological austerity that it wants to compel other nations -- when their economies are reeling -- to do the same as the price for German support.